COVID-19 Information: Brown University is closely monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 situation locally, nationally and around the world. As we consider options for this summer’s Pre-College Programs and make decisions on status, we expect to update students and families on those decisions no later than April 16. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit the Pre-College COVID-19 web page for additional information.

Information for Accepted Students

Summer Pre-College RA Staff
Summer Pre-College Resident Assistants at an evening Activities Fair.

This page provides you and your families with important information you need to be prepared for a successful experience at Brown. Please take the time to review the information located here. As always, if you have questions, please contact our Program Advisors by calling during business hours (Monday - Friday 8:30AM to 4:45PM EST) at (401) 863-7900, or by sending an email to

We look forward to meeting you this summer!


Brown University Pre-College Programs bring together students from the United States and other countries who share an interest in seeking academic enrichment and intellectual growth, and provides an environment that supports the pursuit of these goals.

To ensure that students have successful, fulfilling, and engaging experiences, students and parents/guardians are expected to read and abide by the codes and policies. Students enrolled in the University’s Pre-College programs must be capable of accepting, and are expected to take, responsibility for their behavior. The Pre-College programs are committed to maintaining standards that are conducive to academic excellence.

Students and parents should carefully review Policies prior to arrival.

On-Campus Programs

Information Desk

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center, 75 Waterman Street (on the Main Green)

Important Contacts

Emergency On-Call System

There is a Resident Director and a professional staff member on-call 24 hours a day to support anyone who is affiliated with Brown during the summer programs.

Brown University Police, Medical and Fire

Available 24 hours a day to students and their families.
Emergencies: (401) 863-4111
Non-Emergencies: (401) 863-3322
On check-in day, each student is issued a wallet-sized laminated card with emergency phone numbers.

Check-in Information

  • When: Sundays before classes begin between 9:00am and 1:00pm EST

  • Where: The Brown University Main Green at the corner of Brown and Waterman Streets in Providence, RI.


During check-in, students and their families receive their residence hall room keys, Brown ID card, a complete orientation schedule, and campus map. In addition, presentations by leadership of the programs is offered to help broadly orient new members of the Brown community. Commuter students should also plan to check-in and attend orientation. The check-in days are as follows:

  • Summer@Brown: June 14, June 21, June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26
  • Summer@Brown ELL: June 28, July 12, July 26
  • Brown Leadership Institute: June 14, June 28, July 12
  • Pre-Baccalaureate: June 21
  • STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders: July 12

Traveling to and from Brown's Campus

Providence is served by Amtrak and Boston Commuter Rail. The Providence Amtrak train station is a short cab ride to the University.

Providence is served by PeterPan bus lines. Their Providence terminals are a short cab ride to the University.

Air: Providence T.F. Green Airport
T.F. Green International Airport, located in the city of Warwick, is approximately 10 miles from the University. A variety of ground transportation is available from the terminal to Providence.

Air: Boston Logan Airport
Brown University is about an hour and thirty minutes drive from Logan Airport in Boston, Massachusetts. Students will need to find their own transportation from Boston Logan Airport to and from campus.

Unaccompanied Student Travel
In recent years, bus, train, and airline carriers have instituted a range of policies related to unaccompanied minors traveling. Brown Pre-College Programs are unable to meet many of these requirements, so we urge families to review their likely carrier’s policies early and make decisions about travel based on the assumption that students must arrive on campus for orientation and depart campus at the end of their program without assistance from the Pre-College programs.

Campus Resources

Dining Halls

Pre-College students eat meals in the Brown Dining Hall. Academic year menus and information is available here.

MY MEAL: MyMeal is an online tool that can help you make smart, healthy choices in Brown dining units. Use it to:

  • View upcoming menu options
  • Plan healthy meals throughout the day, and
  • Identify and filter the top 8 food allergens

Visit for more information.

Libraries and Study Centers

Brown libraries and study centers are available for research, browsing, or quiet study throughout the summer. Highlights include the John D. Rockefeller Library ("the Rock"), the Sciences Library and the Friedman Study Center, and the special collections at the John Hay Library. Learn More »

The Brown Writing Center

The Writing Center helps students choose and refine topics, and write organized, well-supported, and eloquent essays. The Center offers summer hours especially for Brown Pre-College students.

Computing Labs

Locations across campus offer computers, scanners and printers. If you do not own a laptop there are a limited number available for loan through the Computing and Information Services Department while on campus.

Health and Psychological Services

Students can receive medical and emotional support services for short-term critical needs while they are on-campus. These services are physically open Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm. When the offices are not open, there are emergency on-call support systems in place, including Brown’s EMS that can evaluate and transport students to Hasbro Children’s Hospital if further care is needed.

Students at the Campus Life Canival
Students at the Campus Life Carnival

Extracurricular Activities and Events

Brown Pre-College Programs offer a vibrant campus life community. With over 900 program and activity offerings centered around identity development, social justice, college access/success, self-care, and social/mental/physical health, student learning flourishes both in and out of the traditional classroom during your time at Brown. Throughout your residential experience, you will be supported by a team of campus life staff who will work with you to make sure that you have an unforgettable experience.

For more information about these offerings, see the Life on Brown Campus portion of our website.

Nelson Fitness Center

Athletics and Recreation Summer Registration

The Brown University Department of Athletics offers low-cost memberships to Pre-College students. Members have access to sports and fitness classes. More information can be found on the Brown Recreation website.

Sayles Hall
Sayles Hall

Additional Costs and Spending Money

Most Pre-College courses require the purchase of textbooks and/or coursepacks. Costs can vary widely from $35 to over $200, depending on the length and subject area of the course. A list of required readings is typically posted online in the late spring, and are available for purchase in the Brown Bookstore.

Students do not need a significant amount of spending money. Program activities are free and students are encouraged to eat meals in the dining hall and to engage in activities that are no-cost or low-cost.

Students who wish to use washers, dryers, and campus printers and copiers will need to purchase Bear Bucks Guest Cards – cash cards used in these campus machines. Cards may be purchased from any of the several ValuePort III machines located across campus. As unused funds are not refundable, students are advised to add money in small increments. Please DO NOT add funds or Bear Bucks to your student ID.

Locations of ATMs

Sayles Hall
Page-Robinson Hall

Mail Services

During students' time at Brown, mail can be picked up at the Brown mailroom at Page-Robinson Hall (69 Brown St.) across from the Main Green. The mailroom is open Monday- Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm.

Family and friends should address letters and packages to you as follows:
Pre-College Student’s Name
Brown University
Pre-College Programs
69 Brown Street
Providence, RI 02912

It is up to each student to go to the mail room to pick up their items. Shipped items should arrive on campus no more than a week in advance of a student's program start date.
**Mail and packages sent to students attending only one week is strongly discouraged.

Students will be notified that they have mail through their Brown email address, so students are encouraged to check that account daily. Students will be able to pick up their packages on the Monday of the start of their program.

When programs are over, any first class/priority mail or packages not retrieved by students before they leave campus are forwarded back to the student. All packages/mail not picked up will be returned to sender by mid-August.

The Pre-College Programs are not responsible for mail or shipments to and from Brown via the United States Postal Service or carrier service.


Mail Services in Page-Robinson Hall (69 Brown St.) has fax machines available. Students' family or friends may send a fax to (401) 863-3700. Anyone sending a fax must be sure to include the student's name and “Pre College Summer.” The fax will be held with the student's mail for pick-up. There is no cost for receiving a fax. There is a cost for sending a fax.

Andrews House
Health Services is located in Andrews House

Health Services

Health Services is located in Andrews House on the corner of Brown and Charlesfield Streets, and can be contacted at (401) 863-3953.

Brown University Health Services is available to all Pre-College Program students during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm) for medical problems such as colds, cuts, sprains, or infections. Situations involving further medical attention or that occur outside of these business hours are referred to local area hospitals, and parents/guardians will be notified if students need to be transported to one of these facilities. Limited pharmacy and x-ray hours are offered for an additional cost that is paid at the time the service is provided (credit card or cash are acceptable).

Brown University maintains its own Emergency Medical Services (EMS), who are equipped to respond to medical emergencies 24 hours a day.

Accessibility Services

Students may request accommodations based on a learning, psychological and/or physical disability, including medical conditions, temporary injuries and significant food allergies. Please be aware that all accommodation requests will be considered, however there may be limits as to what can be provided without sufficient notice. We recommend submitting requests (via the Medical Authorization and Health History Form) a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date. Please email or call 401-863-1015 with any questions regarding accessibility while on campus.


Safety and Security

Personal & Community Safety

The safety of Pre-College Program students is of paramount importance. Access to residence halls is restricted to residents and authorized members of the University community. All residence hall entrances are locked 24 hours a day and can only be accessed with an authorized ID card.

At check-in, each student is issued a card with emergency phone numbers. Students are expected to carry this card with them at all times. Residence halls are equipped with smoke alarms, pull stations, and fire extinguishers.

Brown’s campus is part of what is known as "College Hill" in the city of Providence and, as such, is open to the public. Pre-College students are frequently cautioned to walk in groups and always let someone know where they are going.

There are 140 emergency phones, also known as "blue light phones," located on buildings, elevators and in green areas on campus. All residence halls and classroom buildings have a blue-light phone at each entrance. Students can call anywhere on campus, or be connected to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) for assistance or emergencies.

Brown University Department of Public Safety (DPS)

DPS Phone: (401) 863-3322 and TDD : (401) 863-1740.

Personnel are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officers routinely patrol the campus and surrounding Providence neighborhoods in cars, bikes, and foot patrols. DPS officers are trained at the Municipal Police Academy and are empowered by the State of Rhode Island to enforce state statutes. Security officers are trained by the department and, along with the campus police officers, are authorized by the University to enforce University rules and regulations. Both police and security officers patrol the campus 24-hours a day to deter crime, develop community relationships and respond to calls for service and assistance. The department also provides the community with the resources and education necessary to take responsibility for making informed choices about their personal safety.

Brown Guardian

The Rave Guardian provides peace of mind by transforming your mobile phone into a personal safety device. Learn more about Rave Guardian »

Fire Safety

Residence halls are equipped with smoke alarms, pull stations and fire extinguishers. Know the key location of the nearest pull station, fire extinguisher and egress stairway. Familiarize yourself with evacuation routes in your building. Tampering with fire equipment is a violation of law. For more information about fire safety, please speak with your Resident Assistant. Learn more about Fire Safety at Brown »

Evening Shuttle Service

The Brown University Shuttle (B.U.S.) program is a safety-oriented transportation service offered to Brown University. In the summer, the BUS shuttle does continuous loops of campus each evening from 7:00pm through the 10:00pm curfew. Any Pre-College student can ride the shuttle with a Brown ID.

Emergency Action Plan

In the event of an emergency situation, the University has emergency action plans to promote the safety of Brown students, faculty, staff and guests. The plan outlines procedures for building evacuation, shelter in place and emergency communication.

Brown University utilizes an emergency siren warning system and campus alert system to contact students, faculty and staff in the event of a campus emergency. Students receive information about how to opt-in to get alerts via email or texts during orientation.

Public Safety Data

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), the Department of Public Safety is required to publish an annual security report which includes statistics mandated by the Clery Act. The public can obtain a copy of this report by contacting Public Safety at 401-863-3103 or accessing the following web site:


Commuter Students

Orientation for Commuter Students

Commuter students are encouraged to take full advantage of the many daytime, evening, and weekend activities available to pre-college students, beginning with joining our campus life staff on Sunday afternoon for Orientation and community building activities.

Bringing a Car to Campus

Residential students are not allowed to bring motor vehicles to campus. Commuter students may only use motor vehicles for transportation to and from Brown. Commuter students are prohibited from transporting other students in their motor vehicles.

Students who must commute to campus by car are required to purchase a summer parking permit from the Transportation Office. Purchase your permit online via Park@Brown.

The Transportation Office is located at 69 Brown Street in Page-Robinson Hall, Fifth Floor, Suite 511.


Off-Campus Programs

Reminder: Please wait to make travel arrangements until program is confirmed.

Check-in Information

More specific check-in time and location will be sent to students when program is confirmed.

  • BELL Alaska: July 19
  • BELL Florida Keys: July 10, July 19, July 28
  • Location-Based Washington, D.C./ N.I.H.: July 5
  • Location-Based Segovia: June 28
  • Location-Based Rome: June 28
  • BELL Rhode Island: June 28, July 12
    • When: Sundays before classes begin between 9:00am and 11:00am EST. Bus to program site will leave at 12:00pm.

    • Where: The Brown University Main Green at the corner of Brown and Waterman Streets in Providence, RI.


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